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Welcome to Science Next Door, Fermilab's community newsletter. Once a month, we'll give you the rundown about what's happening here at the laboratory and provide information about our public events. If you would prefer not to receive this newsletter, you can click the “unsubscribe” button below. Thank you!
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Connect with Fermilab's Community Advisory Board

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For five years, the Fermilab Community Advisory Board has been one of the main ways the laboratory gets input and advice from its neighbors. The CAB is a cross-section of interested residents from the cities and villages surrounding the lab. It includes elected officials and professionals from all walks of life, and represents a wide range of perspectives, from education to the arts to conservation and the environment. They offer assistance to the laboratory on a host of issues, and get a behind-the-scenes look at new experiments as they develop.

Chances are good that someone from your hometown serves on the Community Advisory Board. And now it's easier for you to connect with those board members, and watch their bi-monthly meetings. The new Fermilab Community Advisory Board website includes a history of the board, information about each of the members, and ways to contact and interact with them. Every meeting is recorded on video and posted on the website, and the online archive of meeting materials goes back to February of 2010.

You can email the Community Advisory Board through this new website, so if you have questions about the laboratory or about the board, feel free to send them and a CAB member will answer. Those interested in serving on the board may email fermilab@fnal.gov, and their names will be considered when we fill vacancies.
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Photo column spacer Volunteer Prairie Seed Harvest - Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (PDF)
Every year, Fermilab offers volunteers the chance to help diversify one of the oldest prairie restorations in Illinois. The laboratory's restored grassland spans about 1,100 acres, and the deep-rooted natural grasses help prevent erosion and preserve the area's aquifers. But for the prairies to remain beautiful and ecologically beneficial, they must be consistent in their diversity. That's why the lab hosts prairie seed harvests, in which volunteers collect seeds from dozens of species of plants, to be distributed across the prairie. The event typically draws more than 200 volunteers. No sign-up is necessary, just come to Fermilab on Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. and follow the signs to the harvest sites. For more information, call Roads and Grounds at 630-840-3303. More information is available online.
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Photo column spacer Taylor 2 Dance performance dedicated to Nancy Carrigan – Saturday, Oct. 11, 8 p.m.
Paul Taylor is a powerhouse name in the world of dance. He has been the artistic director of the Paul Taylor Dance Company in New York for more than 60 years, and in 1993, he formed the six-member Taylor 2 Dance Company to bring his choreography to audiences all over the world. The smaller, more portable ensemble has performed in more than 400 cities, and has thrilled audiences at Fermilab in years past. This year's performance is dedicated to Nancy Carrigan, a longtime volunteer and former chair of Fermilab's Auditorium Committee, who passed away earlier this year.
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Photo column spacer Fermilab at the St. Charles Scarecrow Festival - Friday, Oct. 10-Sunday, Oct. 12
The Scarecrow Festival is an autumn tradition in St. Charles, taking place in several locations on either side of the Fox River. Fermilab will put in an appearance at the festival again this year, bringing along hands-on science experiments for children and lots of information about the laboratory. The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 11, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12. Maps are available online. Come find the Fermilab booth and say hello!
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Photo column spacer NOTE: Wilson Hall to close Oct. 18-19 for maintenance
Wilson Hall will be closed for maintenance on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19 for maintenance. The Fermilab site will still be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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Photo column spacer Dark Energy Survey's second season begins
Astronomy Magazine: Dark Energy Survey kicks off second season cataloguing the wonders of deep space
Motherboard: The world's most powerful space camera begins another year of incredible photos
Quanta Magazine: Finding dark energy in the details
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Photo column spacer Holometer experiment to test if the universe is a 2-D hologram
NBC News: Do we live in a 2-D hologram? Physicists aim to find out
Gizmodo: Physicists want to know if we're all living in a hologram
LiveScience: Is the universe a 2-D hologram? Experiment aims to find out
NASA Astronomy Photo of the Day
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Photo column spacer National Lab Day held in Washington, D.C.
SFGate: Lab Day highlights labs' contribution to U.S. competitiveness and innovation
Roll Call: Senators launch National Laboratory Caucus
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Contact Info
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row spacer Call 630-840-3351 or email fermilab@fnal.gov with questions. Free public tours are offered every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The Fermilab site is open for visitors every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wilson Hall's 15th-floor viewing area and art gallery are open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the 15th-floor area is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. row spacer
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Calendar

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Oct. 1, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., Oct. 2, 7:30-10 p.m.

Science Adventure: Animal Architecture
Sat., Oct. 4, 9 a.m.
Grades 2-4

Get to Know Lederman Science Center FREE
Sat., Oct. 4, 10 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Volunteer Prairie Seed Harvest FREE
Sat., Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Ask-a-Scientist: Accelerators 101 FREE
Sun., Oct. 5, 1-4 p.m.
Grades 6 and up

English Country Dancing FREE
Sun., Oct. 5, 2-5 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Oct. 7, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Oct. 8, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., Oct. 9, 7:30-10 p.m.

Arts & Lecture Series: Taylor 2 Dance
Sat., Oct. 11, 8 p.m.

Barn Dance
Sun., Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., October 14, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Oct. 15, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Negentropy Art Gallery Talk FREE
Wed., Oct. 15, Noon

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., Oct. 16, 7:30-10 p.m.

Wilson Hall closed due to maintenance
Sat.-Sun., October 18-19

Big Woods Volunteer Day FREE
Sat., Oct. 18, 9 a.m.-noon

Science Adventure: Wondrous, Wonderful Worms!
Sat., Oct. 18, 9 a.m.
Grades 2-4

Education Center Woods Volunteer Day FREE
Tue., Oct. 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Oct. 21, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., Oct. 23, 7:30-10 p.m.

Arts & Lecture Series: Success & Failure in Engineering: A Paradoxical Relationship
Fri., Oct. 24, 8 p.m.

Science Adventure: Flight and Fashion
Sat., Oct. 25, 9:30 a.m.
Grades 4-8

English Country Dancing FREE
Sun., Oct. 26, 2-5 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Oct. 28, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Oct. 29, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., Oct. 30, 7:30-10 p.m.

COMING IN NOVEMBER

Volunteer Prairie Seed Harvest FREE
Sat., Nov. 1, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Science Adventure: Girls Scientific Salon
Sat., Nov. 1, 9 a.m.
Grades 4-7

Ask-a-Scientist: Huge Science: How We Build Particle Accelerators and What We Use Them For FREE
Sun., Nov. 9, 1-4 p.m.
Grades 6 and up

Arts & Lecture Series: African Guitar Summit
Sat., Nov. 15, 8 p.m.

Physics Slam
Fri., Nov. 21 8 p.m.

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